No. 8 Women’s Hockey Clinches Second Seed With 5-1 Victory Over Brown

No. 8 Women’s Hockey Clinches Second Seed With 5-1 Victory Over Brown

Sarah Edney tallied two goals against the Bears Friday (Gil Talbot)

Game Highlights: Harvard v Brown, Feb. 17, 2012

The No. 8 women's hockey team was able to put away the Brown Bears 5-1 this evening.  The Bears tried to take advantage of the five penalties Harvard put on the board but came up short adding another loss to their record (8-13-7, 5-12-4 ECAC).  The Crimson earned another tally in the win column (19-8-1, 16-4-1 ECAC) and with a loss by Clarkson to No. 3 Cornell, clinched the No. 2 seed in the ECAC Hockey standings.  Freshman Sarah Edney was the star of the evening, racking up two goals to increase her season total to seven.

The Crimson came out of the gates firing with two big shots on goal from Jillian Dempsey in the first possession of the game. The Bears were able to hold off the Crimson for most of the first period, until Edney received a sharp feed from Hillary Crowe to give the Crimson a 1-0 lead going into the first intermission.  The Crimson was whistled for two penalties in the first period but the Bears were unsuccessful in converting the power play.  Harvard led the period in shots on goal, with goaltender Laura Bellamy grabbing five saves compared to her counterpart Katie Jamieson with seven saves.

The Crimson started the second period shorthanded due to a checking penalty from Michelle Picard, but was able to keep the puck out of the net on the power-play opportunity.  At 10:25 Jillian Dempsey tallied her 23rd goal of the season, giving the Crimson a 2-0 lead.  Dempsey received a flush pass from Samantha Reber to take the goaltender one-on-one and stuff the puck in the back of the net.  Three minutes later Edney continued the scoring pattern for Harvard with her second goal of the night with an assist from Kalley Armstrong to make the score 3-0.  With 1:30 remaining in the second period, Harvard's Kaitlin Spurling was able to slip in one more goal during a power play opportunity to go into the second intermission with a 4-0 lead.

Despite the strong scoring pattern, the Bears ended the Crimson's shutout hopes with a goal from Alena Polenska on a power play opportunity.  Late in the period, Lyndsey Fry tallied her 15th goal of the season, which capped the night for a final score of 5-1.  Goaltender Laura Bellemy was tough in net racking up 15 saves where her counterpart Katie Jamieson took the loss leaving with 23 saves.

Harvard will wrap up its regular season schedule tomorrow when it takes on archrival Yale in a 4 p.m. game. Senior captain Alisa Baumgartner will be honored in a senior day ceremony following the contest.